- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

A 24-year-old substitute teacher surrendered to Fairfax County police yesterday after being charged with having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student.

Dana V. Snyder, a Fairfax City resident, turned herself in after being charged with two felony counts of “carnal knowledge” with the Fairfax County school student, said police spokesman Richard Henry.

“She came into contact with this boy during her time as a schoolteacher,” Mr. Henry said.

Mr. Henry answered “Yes” when asked whether he thinks the teacher’s relationship with the Annandale boy was consensual. He said that because the boy is a minor, a sexual relationship with an adult is illegal.

Police were tipped off to the relationship and conducted a brief investigation over the weekend, he said.

Authorities do not think she was involved with other students.

Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman Paul Regnier said yesterday Miss Snyder has been one of the district’s substitute teachers since September 2003.

She went through a “substantial” background check and came out clear, he said.

“Any time anything like this occurs, we do our own investigation and we look to see if there was something we could have done or something we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening,” Mr. Regnier said. “We do everything that we can to protect the kids.”

He noted that in his 18 years with the district he can’t recall anything similar.

Mr. Regnier said he was told by police the suspected sexual encounters did not occur at any of the schools.

After yesterday’s arrest, Mr. Regnier predicted that Miss Snyder would “not … be substituting anywhere.”

Miss Snyder was allowed to go after signing a $5,000 bond and agreeing to appear in court on the charges.

She faces at least two years in prison and a maximum of 20 years. If convicted, she also would have to pay a maximum fine of $200,000. If she is found guilty, she also would have to register as a sex offender.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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